A COCKERMOUTH teacher features in Department for Education research which shows more than two thirds of the working population surveyed in the North West agree that school teachers are able to express their creativity and individuality when working alongside young people.

Nearly four fifths (78 per cent) agree that a good teacher is someone who brings their personality and interests into the classroom.

The research was conducted by the DoE's Get Into Teaching campaign.

Jordan Gale, 27, a deputy headteacher at Fairfield Primary School, Cockermouth, Cumbria, said: “Deciding to train as a teacher is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

"Schools are exciting, dynamic working environments which welcome and nurture individuality and creativity.

"Like other jobs, teaching can be hard work, but I can bring my whole self to work, and nothing beats knowing that you’re having a lasting impact on young people’s lives.”

“What I’m most proud of being able to bring to the classroom is my passion of instilling in my pupils a love of learning.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said: “Our research highlights the importance for most people of being able to express their individuality and bring their true self to work, which can make them feel happier and more satisfied.

“It is also encouraging to see how the cultural trends that are influencing the lives of young people, could align with teaching as a career. I would urge anyone who is looking to make their mark in the world to consider teaching.”

More details at: getintoteaching.education.gov.uk.